SERGEI ISUPOV: Selections from Hidden Messages



ON VIEW at Ferrin Contemporary at 1315 MASS MoCA Way in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Spanning the 20 years Isupov has lived and worked in America, the exhibition “Hidden Messages” at Erie Art Museum, shown in early 2017, formed a semi-autobiographical¬†wunderkammer¬†‚ÄĒ a collection of curiosities. Highlights from this show are now on view at Ferrin Contemporary, including one of Isupov’s¬†larger-than-life figural sculptures with smaller works blown across a full wall of wind and shadows.

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Sergei Isupov is an Estonian-American sculptor internationally known for his highly detailed, narrative works. Isupov explores painterly figure-ground relationships, creating surreal sculptures with a complex artistic vocabulary that combines two- and three-dimensional narratives and animal/human hybrids. He works in ceramic using traditional hand building and sculpting techniques to combine surface and form with narrative painting using stains and clear glaze.

‚ÄúEverything that surrounds and excites me is automatically processed and transformed into an artwork. The essence of my work is not in the medium or the creative process, but in the human beings and their incredible diversity. When I think of myself and my works, I‚Äôm not sure I create them, perhaps they create me.‚ÄĚ

Isupov has a long international resume with work included in numerous collections and exhibitions, including the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (TX), Museum of Arts and Design (NY), Racine Art Museum (WI), Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MA), and the Erie Art Museum (PA), at which he presented selected works in a 20-year career survey Hidden Messages in 2017 and Surreal Promenade in 2019 at the Russian Museum of Art (MN).